John Testa

John Anthony Testa was born July 31, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of Anthony and Angelina Testa. As with many members of his generation, World War II experiences were significant in his life. He served aboard the battleship U.S.S. Indiana after completing boot camp in 1942. He advanced to Radioman 2nd Class prior to his transfer to U.S.S. Catron in November 1944. In communications on Catron, he also was editor of that ship's newspaper. Later he served on the Portsmouth and at the Naval Air Station Port Lyautey, Morocco, where he was injured. He was discharged in August 1948 and returned to Brooklyn, where he worked as an aircraft communicator at LaGuardia Airport. He also underwent several hospitalizations related to his war injury. John moved to Albuquerque in the late 1960s. In 1970, he married Elsie Curkendall in Albuquerque. The couple moved to Alamogordo for several years. They moved to Las Cruces in 1973, where Mrs. Testa completed her degrees at NMSU. John Testa was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Association. He was a member and faithful worshiper at the Mission Lutheran Church in Las Cruces since 1955; II Peter is a favorite portion of the New Testament. His preferred hymns are "The Old Rugged Cross", "In The Garden", and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus." A graveside service is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Arrangements are with Getz Funeral Home 1410 E. Bowman Ave, Las Cruces New Mexico 88001. To sign the local online guest book visit

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Getz Funeral Home
1410 E. BOWMAN AVE. Las Cruces, NM 88001-3001
(575) 526-2419

Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Feb. 16, 2014